International best selling author Roberta Matuson defines the different types of power in organizations, and provides advice on how you can acquire your share of power in your organization.
- It wasn't until I took a graduate course…in power in politics that I realized that I was sitting…smack dab in the middle of a highly political organization…where power was the name of the game.…It's too bad I didn't take that course…in the beginning of my time there.…I would've operated very differently,…and most likely could've avoided battles…that I was never prepared for.…Power comes in different forms…and leaders need to learn how to handle each type.…
For our purposes, I'm going to focus on two.…The first is position power.…This is the power you get by way of your title,…kind of like the power you get…when you are finally the parent and you get to say,…because I said so.…That is, until your kids become teenagers.…Here's how this scenario would play out…in a typical business situation.…Say you are a director, you have more influence…and control in the organization than someone…who is a supervisor.…
With this comes a certain level of authority.…So, for example, if you ask a line employee to do something,…chances are he'll hop right to it,…
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